Rising oil prices and the recent drawdown in global cereal stocks could lead to a supply crisis and raise the risk of food riots in developing countries similar to those that occurred between 2007 and 2008, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Jacques Diouf said in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
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Political Uprisings in North Africa Could Help Women Gain Political, Economic Rights Bloomberg News/Boston Globe examines how the recent political uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries could lead to new opportunities for women in the region. The article describes the challenges Arab women in the countries face, as documented in…
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Canadian House Of Commons Passes Bill That Could Ease Access To Generic Drugs In Developing Countries
Canadian lawmakers in the country’s House of Commons on Wednesday “approved a bill aiming to ease the process that lets generic drug manufacturers produce patented medicines for export to poor nations at cheaper prices in a move the pharmaceutical industry says could undermine intellectual property rights,” Bloomberg reports (Argitis, 3/10).
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As Thousands Flee Libya, World Leaders, International Aid Agencies Respond With Humanitarian Aid “Libyan border crossings were overwhelmed Wednesday by tens of thousands of hungry, fearful people fleeing its burgeoning civil war,” the Associated Press reports. “U.S. Ambassador Betty King in Geneva said the United States is giving $12 million…
A new World Bank plan for Africa aims to expand economies and increase job growth, “while also tackling problems of climate change, disease, food shortages and conflict,” Reuters reports (Wroughton, 3/3). The approach, which was endorsed by the bank’s board of executive directors on Tuesday, “shifts from a more general focus” aimed at improving economic stability and fundamentals to targeting “three key areas such as competitiveness and employment,” Xinhua writes (Mutai, 3/2).
President’s Bioethics Commission Names International Panel To Review Whether U.S. Rules Protect Clinical Trial Participants In U.S., Abroad
“Prompted by concerns about an unethical U.S.-sponsored study in the 1940s,” the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on Tuesday announced the formation of an international panel “that will examine whether current rules adequately protect volunteers in global clinical trials,” Science’s “ScienceInsider” blog reports (Kaiser, 3/1).
Star-Ledger Examines Tibotec’s Agreement With Generic Drug Makers On Experimental HIV/AIDS Treatment
In a piece on the move by drug manufacturer Tibotec Pharmaceuticals to grant licenses to generic manufacturers in India and South Africa to create copies of its experimental HIV/AIDS drug, the New Jersey Star-Ledger examines why drug companies are particularly focused on expanding their reach in sub-Saharan Africa.
The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Saturday said it might reduce its contribution to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) if the agency does not improve its performance, Reuters reports. According to a DFID review, “FAO’s performance is patchy, particularly at country level, and that reforms need to be prioritised.”
New Resources On Federal Global Health, HIV/AIDS Budgets: The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a collection of new resources examining global health and HIV/AIDS funding in the Obama administration’s FY12 budget proposal. A new fact sheetÂ breaks down the $9.8 billion budget request for the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year,…